Research & Management Projects
For a complete listing of GRRB Forestry and other WSF funded research projects, download the GRRB WSF Research Products 1993-2009 (74Kb)
For a complete listing of GRRB-related Forestry publications, visit the GRRB Forestry Research Publications page.
Gwich'in Forest Management Plan
Community feedback is key to Gwich’in resource management. Over the years, dozens of community and RRC members have contributed to the building of the Gwich’in Forest Management Plan. Creating this plan involved a lot of work; from identifying the need for the plan, doing research, consulting with the communities and finally writing and recommending the plan itself. These tasks required the cooperation of many different groups and the GRRB is happy to see this plan ready for implementation.
There have been many people involved with the development and writing of this plan over the years and the GRRB thanks everyone who helped along the way. Notably, thanks to the FMP Steering Committee for working so hard to get us to this point: Mike Gravel from ENR, Norman Snowshoe and Jozef Carnogursky from GTC and Jennifer Walker-Larsen and Amy Thompson from the GRRB. They will be handing the implementation of the plan over to Martin Callaghan, Mardy Semmler and Kris Maier. Special thanks to Robert Charlie, who stood as the Chair of the GRRB for many years and was with this process from the very beginning.
Through the great efforts of many people, we have a management plan that we can use to sustainably manage Gwich’in forests for all people in the future. Congratulations on a job well done and thank you all.
View the Gwich'in Forest Management Plan (9.5Mb)
Forest Use Survey
A survey was conducted
in the settlement area in 1996-97 to collect information on current
uses of the forest, how people value the forest and community concerns
related to forestry. Five Gwich'in beneficiaries were hired and
trained to design and run the survey. Over 250 households took
part in the survey.
Historic and Current Forest Use
The Board and the University of Alberta entered
into a partnership to collect information on current forest use
practices and historical timber harvests. Researchers worked
directly with Gwich'in beneficiaries currently living on the
land and reviewed the Hudson Bay Archives for information on
wood use by steamships traveling on the Mackenzie River. The
Sustainable Forest Management Network (SFMN) and the GRRB have
provided funding for this project.
Forest Monitoring Plot
A forest monitoring plot was established near Campbell Lake in response
to community concerns that changes to the forest are taking place.
The Biodiversity Monitoring Plot (Smithsonian Institution/Man and
the Biosphere Biodiversity Program) was set up to monitor changes
in timber growth and vegetation biodiversity. Growth of trees in
the plot are re-measured every five years.
Growth after Fire & Clearing in the GSA
was carried out on the effects of extensive seismic exploration,
the majority conducted in the the 1960s and 1970s, in the
upland habitats of the Gwich'in Settlement Area. Research
was also conducted on the large number of naturally burned
sections in the area. Primary focus of the study centered
on white and black spruce forests, shrub meadows and fens.
Report on Driftwood Use in the GSA
conjunction with University of Alberta, the GRRB conducted
research into the quantity, quality and movement of
driftwood in the GSA. As well, the study also investigated
local knowledge on driftwood. The study centers in and around
the Gwich'in community of Fort McPherson and evolved
through a desire to increase knowledge on traditional
uses of local forest resources.
Rat River Biodiversity, Cultural & Historical
1999 the Board conducted a biodiversity and cultural assessment
(traditional and historical use) of the Rat River watershed after
the four Gwich'in communities of Fort McPherson, Aklavik, Tsiigehtchic
and Inuvik identified it as a proposed protected area for its
wildlife and cultural significance.The Rat River watershed area
has been used for centuries as an important harvesting area and
travel route. Along with many cultural sites, numerous camps
also exist along the lower Rat River. Fishing, hunting, trapping
and berry picking are still carried-out today. The study also
identified the area as home to hundreds of species of plants,
fish, mammals and birds.